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Employees Recognized for Combined 797 Years of Service to Westminster College

Friday, May 12, 2017

Westminster College honored 46 employees with a combined total of 797 years of service during the annual employee recognition luncheon traditionally held every Spring. Current and retired employees gathered on May 10 in the Witherspoon Rooms of the McKelvey Campus Center to honor the service milestones and retirements of those who have dedicated many years to the Westminster community.

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Westminster College Honors Student Heads to National Collegiate Honors Conference in Atlanta, GA

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Alina Clough, junior honors student at Westminster College, was accepted into the 2017 National Collegiate Honors Conference to be held in Atlanta, GA later this year. Clough will present her poster entitled “Philanthropic Cartography: Crowdmapping Rural Tanzania with OpenStreetMap (OSM).”

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Westminster College Celebrates 163rd Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremonies, May 13

Monday, May 8, 2017

Nearly 300 students are expected to earn degrees Saturday, May 13, at Westminster College’s 163rd commencement ceremonies.  A baccalaureate service will be held at 10­ a.m. in Orr Auditorium with Commencement at 1 p.m. on the Weisel Senior Terrace of Old Main.

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Titan Athletics - Westminster Holds Dedication for New Bill Rankin Golf Center

Monday, May 8, 2017

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Westminster College held a dedication for the new Bill Rankin Golf Center on Saturday, May 6th.
 
The Director of Athletics Jim Dafler, Head Women's Golf Coach Jeff Roud, Head Men's Golf Coach Matt Torrence '93, senior men's golf player Shane Wilson, senior women's golf player Kelsey Phillips, President Kathy Richardson, and Bill Rankin '60 all spoke about the new state-of-the-art facility. Alumni, donors, employees, students, and friends were among the attendees.
 
"There's a long list of folks to thank for making the golf center possible," said Rankin.  
 
The Bill Rankin Golf Center, which is located in the basement of Eichenhauer Hall, features two state-of-the-art golf simulators, a chipping/putting green, the Palmer conference room (named in honor of the late western Pennsylvania native Arnold Palmer), a players lounge, and locker rooms for both Titan men's and women's golf teams. The pair of Foresight GC2 simulators feature 10 different courses throughout the country and are the same ones used by the Golf Channel. The nearly 1,000 square foot Southwest chipping and putting greens are similar to the ones used by professionals.
 
On Saturday, demonstrations of the golf simulators and the putting/chipping greens were given by members of the Westminster men's and women's golf teams.
 
In addition to thanking the donors, Westminster staff members, alumni, and friends, Rankin spoke directly to the student-athletes. "To the men's and women's golf teams, thank you," he said. "It was your enthusiasm and your love for the game that was a great inspiration for me. When I come up and watch the men and women of the golf teams practicing here and the joy they get and the fun they have practicing, it's just so satisfying for me."
 
The project started with an approval in November 2015 and the primary features of the center were completed in April 2016. Not only is this a facility where the Westminster golf teams can compete year-round, but it also appeals to potential recruits. The Bill Rankin Golf Center, which has already been described as a Division I-type facility, has already helped recruit current first-year student-athletes.
 
"I've been very blessed in my life in so many ways and Westminster has been so great to me," Rankin said in closing. "I'm just pleased that I can give something back to Westminster."

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Victoria Volkay Wins 2017 Horn Capstone Award

Friday, May 5, 2017

Victoria Volkay, senior English major, won the 2017 Dr. Frederick Horn Capstone Award for her capstone project entitled “The Humanity in Holmes: A Character Study on the Personality and Relationships of Sherlock Holmes in Literature and Film.” Volkay’s capstone focuses on Sherlock Holmes’ personality and his relationships with various characters in the original stories, and how those relationships translated to several of the most famous film adaptations by Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Robert Downey Jr., and Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) Hosts Relay for Life to Raise Money for the American Cancer Society

Friday, May 5, 2017

There is still time to register for Westminster College’s Relay for Life on Saturday, May 6. The opening ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Registration and further instructions are available online. Due to bad weather conditions, the event will be held indoors at Old 77.

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School of Music Presents Oboe and Bassoon Studio Recital

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Westminster College School of Music is having an oboe and bassoon recital performed by students and faculty on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 12 p.m. in the Wallace Memorial Chapel. The recital features several interpretations of the pastoral, a style which presents a romanticized version of rural country life, and evokes images of shepherds and bagpipes. Admission is free.

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Seven Westminster Students Inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honorary Society

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Seven Westminster College Criminal Justice Studies, International Studies and Sociology majors were inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honorary Society, on April 19, 2017. The initiated students were Rebecca Buckham, Gabriella Fabish, Coty Gander, Kelly Klaas, Caitlynn Kreider, Brittany Mavrich and Maximalian Ungerman. Charissa Mikoski is the current President and Treasurer of AKD. To be eligible for membership the students demonstrated high academic performance in both their major and general college coursework.

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Senior English Majors Present Capstones at Bleasby Colloquium

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Senior English majors presented portions of their capstone at the final Bleasby Colloquium of the year in Mueller Theater on Thursday, April 20. Below are a list of presenters and the title of their projects:

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Softball: Titans Set for PAC Championship Tournament

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – The Westminster College softball team has clinched a spot in the 2017 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Softball Championship Tournament.
 
The four-team, double-elimination tournament will take place Friday-Saturday, May 5-6 in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.
 
Second-seeded Westminster (26-10, 14-4 PAC) will play third-seeded Saint Vincent College (18-14, 11-7 PAC) on Friday, May 5 at 10 a.m.
 
Top-seeded Thomas More (32-8, 18-0 PAC) and fourth-seeded Thiel College (16-18, 11-7 PAC) will match up in the second opening-round game at 12 p.m.
 
The losers of Friday's opening-round matchups will meet in elimination Game C at 2 p.m., followed by the winners of the two opening-round games facing off at 4 p.m.
 
On Saturday, the winner of Game C will meet the loser of Game D in an elimination game at 11 a.m. for the right to play for the conference title against the Game D winner at 1 p.m. If both teams have one loss at that point, the "if necessary" game is scheduled for 3 p.m.
 
The 2017 PAC Championship Tournament winner will secure the league's automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Division III Softball Championship.
 
The PAC Sports Network (www.pacstream.net) will broadcast all the games. Follow live stats here.
 
*The PAC contributed to this release.

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